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PRG Debuts Best Boy 4000™ Spot and More at LDI 2011

prg_brand.jpgProduction Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), will launch the highly anticipated Best Boy 4000™ Spot Luminaire at LDI 2011, the leading live entertainment technology trade show held in Orlando from October 28 through October 30. Attendees will be the first to see the “all-in-one” Best Boy, a 20,000+ lumen, 700-watt fixture with an all-inclusive feature set and no compromises in performance.

Other products in the PRG booth, #1127, include the PRG V676™ and V476™ Lighting Control Consoles and the new Mbox Director™ application that allows remote control or offline editing of the Mbox EXtreme® media server. Along with PRG’s award-winning proprietary products, will be the ChamSys MagicQ MQ100 Console and ChainMaster ¼, ½ and 1-ton capacity Fixed Speed Motors. In addition, there will be the new PRG Nocturne V-18 LED Video Modules, a product that is quickly becoming the most widely specified LED screen more

Auralex to Unveil New ProMAX Panels During AES 2011

Stand-Mounted StudioFoam Absorbers Offer Convenient, Portable Solution

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 21, 2011 — Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, will be unveiling its new ProMAX Panels — stand-mounted, portable StudioFoam absorbers — during AES 2011. more

Gepco® International Launches RunOne™ Powered Speaker Cables at AES 2011

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 21, 2011 — Gepco International (AES Booth #838), an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to introduce a new line of powered speaker cables at the Audio Engineering Society Show (AES) October 21-23, 2011. The new Gepco® Brand RunONE™ Powered Speaker Cables combine audio and power, along with optional data, under one durable yet flexible jacket. With multiple uses for corporations, DJs, lighting rigs and tours, RunONE allows the user to run just one cable in place of multiple cables, providing a portable and neat solution that saves time and hassle.

Each RunONE cable combines one channel of power with two, eight or 12 channels of 110 Ohm balanced audio for line level, mic level or digital AES audio signals and can be used with self-powered speakers or in DMX lighting control. Additional configurations include two channels of Category 5e cable that can be used for data drops in remote power and audio applications. Snakes with optional data can also be used for digital audio transmission while running power to Front of House (FOH) for remote locations. Shielding around the power channels eliminates power noise from interrupting the audio/data signal, ensuring high-quality performance.

Terminated with industry-standard connectors, RunONE cables offer the option of Edison, IEC and Neutrik® powerCON® connectors for the power channel; 3-pin XLR, 5-pin XLR (for DMX lighting), TRS and Neutrik® convertCON® connectors for audio channels; and RJ45 and Neutrik® etherCON® connectors for optional data channels. RunONE cables are available in pre-defined and custom configurations.

“The RunONE cables are a great solution for anyone looking to save time,” said Joe Zajac, Market Development Manager for Gepco® Brand Products. “With up to 12 channels of audio combined with power and the optional two channels of data, the RunONE cables will also provide for much cleaner set-ups.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

Sound Devices Introduces New Mix Assist Feature for its 788T Digital Audio Recorder at AES 2011

Distinguishes Background Noise from Speech During Recording

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 21, 2011 — Sound Devices, experts in portable hard-disk recording for audio, introduces Mix Assist, a new feature for its 788T Multi-Track Digital Audio Recorder, at AES 2011 (Booth 139). This new feature is available as a no-charge firmware update to all new and existing 788T customers. more

Gepco® International Announces Addition of Two-Channel Heavy-Duty Tactical Cat 5e Cable at AES 2011

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 21, 2011 — Gepco International (AES Booth #838), an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to announce the addition of CTS2504HDX to the Gepco® Brand CT504HD Series of Heavy-Duty Tactical Category 5e Cables at the Audio Engineering Society Show (AES) October 21-23, 2011. An ideal solution for applications that require multiple or redundant channels of Cat 5e cables in remote production or staging applications, the CTS2504HDX 2-channel snake consists of two elements of Gepco’s CT504HDX heavy-duty tactical Cat 5e cable under an overall rugged TPE jacket for exceptional durability and flexibility.

The CT504HD series was created to meet the increased demand of audio/video professionals who require a rugged, reliable, portable and flexible cable solution. Typically, the electrical performance and bandwidth of conventional Cat 5 cable is degraded through physical damage when used in portable applications. The unique double-jacket construction of the CT504HD series eliminates this issue. While the inner jacket maintains the proper physical spacing between pairs to achieve ISO/IEC or TIA/EIA Cat 5e specifications, the durable TPE outer jacket protects the cable from physical damage or abuse.

In addition to the new CTS2504HDX, the CT504HD series of heavy-duty Cat 5e cables includes three other types. The original CT504HD has 24 AWG stranded conductors for exceptional flexibility, while the CT504HDX features 24 AWG solid conductors for lower attenuation that allows for the full, recommended TIA distances for Cat 5e network cable. With the same basic construction as the new CTS2504HDX, the CTS4504HDX is a 4-channel snake consisting of four elements of CT504HDX under an overall rugged TPE jacket.

Heavy-duty Tactical Category 5e Assemblies provide a pre-terminated cabling solution for hostile environments. The CT504HD, CT504HDX and each element of the CTS2504HDX and CTS4504HDX can be terminated with either standard Cat 5 RJ45 connectors or ruggedized Neutrik® etherCON® connectors.

“The concern among Cat 5e cable users in the professional audio/video industry has been that it isn’t durable enough to handle the traditional wear and tear associated with the workload,” said Joe Zajac, Market Development Manager for Gepco® Brand Products. “Our CT504HD series was designed specifically to meet the needs of portable applications and provides the answer to professionals who are looking for a Cat 5e solution in remote environments.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

RTW Brings Its New Design for the SurroundControl Series to AES 2011

Changes Include a Product Redesign and Addition of New LRA Instrument to the 3.0 Software

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 21, 2011 — RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post-production and quality control, will be showcasing at AES 2011 (Group One Booth 530), its newly designed version of the SurroundControl series. As a result of the new worldwide EBU/ITU loudness regulations, RTW took the opportunity to give one of its flagship products a facelift, which includes a modern, sleek design and the inclusion of its new loudness-range instrument (LRA). more

RTW’s New TM3 TouchMonitor Makes North American Debut At AES 2011

Latest Addition to the TouchMonitor Range Offers an Affordable Solution for Pro-Level Loudness, True-Peak and PPM Metering for Analog and Digital Stereo and 5.1 Signals

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 21, 2011 — RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post-production and quality control, is proud to announce the TM3, the latest addition to the company’s successful TouchMonitor range. The new TM3 will be on display for AES attendees to see first-hand at the Group One booth, #530. more

Sennheiser’s Installed Sound Academy to Visit Oklahoma City on October 25, 2011

OLD LYME, Conn.–October 20, 2011: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will offer its Installed Sound Academy Seminar in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. The one-day event focuses on key practices, topics and trends in the installed sound/systems integration business.

The eight-hour session will be led by Sennheiser veterans Kent Margraves and Eric Reese. Modeled after Sennheiser’s highly acclaimed RF wireless and studio recording sound Academy seminars, the session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn or refresh integration skills while earning 7.5 CTS renewal units of credit toward Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) re-certification. The training session will provide classroom and demonstrative instruction on the following topics:

– Sound reinforcement
– Microphone theory and applications
– Wireless personal monitor systems
– RF wireless systems
– Troubleshooting logic

Who should attend?

– Designers and sales engineers who recommend systems to customers
– Consultants involved in designing and writing specifications
– Technicians responsible for correct system installation and implementation
– Worship leaders
– Project managers, production managers, system operators, mixers and technicians
– Anyone involved in the selection and purchase of audio products and systems, or seeking CTScredits for certification renewal

About the instructors
Kent Margraves’ 20-year industry history includes eight years at Sennheiser. His decade-long career as a professional worship audio director included completing thousands of events in sound reinforcement, live broadcast, post production, studio recording, live recording and touring applications. Eric Reese has been immersed in the systems integration industry for over 11 years. Prior to joining Sennheiser’s national market development and education team, he served as an area sales manager for Sennheiser, held project/design engineering positions with two national integrators, and served as a reliability engineer for another manufacturer.

Registration costs $149 and includes, lunch, workshop materials, complimentary giveaways and a $50 coupon toward any Sennheiser product. The session will be hosted at Crossings Community Church at 14600 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

For more information and to sign up, visit the Sennheiser Installed Sound Academy registration page.

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Wowza’s Industry Impact is Reaffirmed With Two More Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards

Wowza Media Server 3 Wins Best Server Software and Best Streaming Innovation of 2011

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Oct. 20, 2011 — Wowza(R) Media Systems, the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company, today announced that its Wowza Media Server(R) 3 has won two top European Readers’ Choice Awards from Streaming Media magazine. For the fourth year in a row, the company’s unified media server software was voted the best server software, and it was awarded the best streaming innovation for the third year running. As in prior years, Wowza’s media server software bested products from name-brand companies in the industry.

“We rely heavily on feedback from users to help us develop and improve our products, and what better feedback could we ask for than to receive these awards several years in a row,” said Dave Stubenvoll, Wowza CEO and co-founder. “The users and industry experts who read Streaming Media magazine are our core customers. These high accolades confirm that we’re delivering what they want and need.”

The Best Server Hardware/Software award means that European Streaming Media readers found the Wowza Media Server software to be the top solution for delivering audio and video over the Web. The Best Streaming Innovation of 2011 win acknowledges Wowza Media Server 3 as the technology that has most profoundly changed the streaming media landscape in the past year.

“If the list of finalists in the 2011 Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards is any indication, 2011 has been a banner year for both established names and up-and-comers,” said Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, editor of Streaming Media magazine. “More than 4,000 readers submitted their votes in the awards, offering up their choices among the 281 nominees in 13 categories. The total number of votes was a whopping 14,377, meaning that, on average, each reader cast their vote in three or four categories.”

The 2011 Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice awards were announced Oct. 18 at the 2011 Streaming Media Europe show in London.

Wowza Media Server 3 is industrial-strength, high-performance software that simultaneously streams live and on-demand media to any screen — Adobe(R) Flash(R), Microsoft(R) Silverlight(R), iPhone(R), iPad(R), Android(TM), other smartphones and tablets, smart TVs, and IPTV/OTT set-top boxes. It provides a single extensible platform for a variety of high-value features, including live transcoding for adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming; any-screen, time-shifted playback; and premium content delivery with multiplatform digital rights management (DRM). The industry has been quick to recognize and embrace the possibilities Wowza Media Server software presents. More than 85,000 licensees all over the world have deployed Wowza Media Server software since its initial release in 2007.

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About Wowza Media Systems
Wowza(R) Media Systems is the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company delivering an industrial-strength infrastructure for live video, video-on-demand, live recording, and video chat. Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high-performance media server software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile phone, or home TV. More than 85,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce have deployed Wowza’s media server software to date. Wowza Media Systems is privately held with headquarters in Evergreen, Colo. More information is available at www.wowza.com.

Wowza and related marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Wowza Media Systems Inc. Third-party product names and related marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of such third parties.

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HARMAN Professional Deploys Growth Strategy For Russia/CIS: Opens New Moscow Office And Brings High-Performance Audio Seminars to Moscow and Kiev

Moscow and Kiev — Reaffirming its commitment to provide customers in Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region with the best-performing, most innovative professional-grade audio systems and supporting its distributors and channel partners with comprehensive training, support and application engineering, HARMAN Professional today announced the opening of a Moscow office and the completion of highly successful seminars in Russia and Ukraine. Reaching nearly 400 professionals in the regions surrounding Moscow and Kiev, the events were pre-booked to capacity and featured new-product announcements, application examples and hands-on system level instruction.

The October events were the first in a series of targeted, regional, international roadshows organized by Harman Professional’s new Director of Knowledge Resources, David Scheirman, and were a common effort undertaken by Harman’s new Moscow-based team headed by Evgeny Konov – HARMAN Country Manager Russia and CIS, the Harman Professional EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Sales Region technical team, and the company’s associated distributors, A&T Trade (Russia) and Komora (Ukraine). Commenting on the successful events, Scheirman noted, “Our channel partners around the globe are sophisticated business and technology leaders that very quickly grasp the potential of new technologies and concepts. In staging these seminars in Russia and Ukraine, we had the opportunity to really get into the details and explain both the technical attributes and field applications of our systems. We also received valuable feedback from the regional attendees. We’re grateful to our partners for helping organize the events and especially to our audiences who made them such interactive, informative experiences.

In discussing the new HARMAN office in Moscow, Evgeny Konov – country manager Russia/CIS, articulated the professional division’s plan to strengthen relations with its distributors in Russia and Ukraine by assisting in the development of vertical markets and providing marketing support and educational programs: “HARMAN is a global industry leader in sound and communication technologies and we’re determined to prove that we are also great listeners by getting increasingly close to our customers. We already have great products, great people, great channel partners and great momentum. Now with an office and dedicated staff here in Moscow, I expect that Russia and other members of the CIS will be a strong growth market for the future.”

Echoing this sentiment, Michael MacDonald, HARMAN Professional Executive Vice President Of Marketing and Sales, noted “Russia and the entire CIS region is a growth market and because our systems are proven productivity tools in both channel and vertical markets — our message has a strong resonance there. As audiences everywhere seek better quality, highly integrated audio and video solutions for entertainment, communication and public safety, HARMAN systems are increasingly being selected to provide better sound, integration and overall lower cost of ownership. We look forward to working with the Russia and CIS audio and integration communities and joining with our partners to sustain growth in this market.”

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